Dermatop and Breastfeeding
Problems are not expected if a breastfeeding woman uses Dermatop (prednicarbate). Although some steroids are known to pass through breast milk, this particular product is applied to the skin, so direct contact with the infant is unlikely. If you do have to apply Dermatop to the nipple area, remove the medication thoroughly before nursing.
Is Dermatop Safe for Breastfeeding Women?Dermatop® (prednicarbate) is a prescription skin medication used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. It is a steroid. At this time, it is unknown if Dermatop passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Dermatop.
More Information on Breastfeeding and DermatopNo research has been done to see if Dermatop passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Fortunately, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only very small amounts pass through breast milk. This implies that skin use of steroids would probably result in very tiny amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where Dermatop has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the medication. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple. If this is not possible, be sure to completely remove the medication before the baby nurses.
A Cautionary NoteSince Dermatop usually works great for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers wonder if they could use it on a stubborn diaper rash. Never apply this (or any other medication prescribed for yourself) to a diaper rash without first checking with your healthcare provider.
Young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when applied to broken skin like a diaper rash and especially when the area is covered, such as by a diaper.